Zefferelli's is a sophisticated, warm spot upstairs on Robson Street featuring a menu of rustic, authentic Italian cuisine.
I have been here before, but it was a friends first time coming here and they wanted to come.
Upon being seated they brought us bread......our waitress came and took our order. I ordered a ceasar salad (for starters) spaghetti carbonara (with added chicken) and my friend got linguine with salmon and some beer. My ceasar salad came and it was $10.50 (for that?) It was on a small plate....I was like "ok....." good, ate it, it was not anything special....(There goes $10) afterwards came our entrees. It did taste pretty good, but portion size seemed to be much smaller than it was last time I came (you know that plate you get at milestones that has chicken appetizers? (wings, chicken bites etc.....) That was what our pasta was on.
But to be fair; the pasta did taste pretty good, but think portions should be bigger.
The service was pretty mediocre......nothing good, but nothing bad ither. The Ambiance was great.
Who knows. I might return; I might not.....who cares
Went here last Friday for a group X-mas lunch, first time. It's on the 2nd floor, just above the Cactus Club on Robson St. The place was full due to many X-mas lunch parties. First thing I noticed was how loud it was, where you can't even hear the person sitting across from you. My ears were actually hurting and I would say it's much louder than at a popular Chinese restaurant during Dim Sum on Saturdays. The server did not mention the daily specials or maybe she did and I didn't hear her. I shared the cold appy platter - nice with several different veggies, mussels etc. Then the veal for the main dish - just average and not well put together. Came with risotto which was pretty bad, was not very creamy and was more like a bad rice pilaf at a greek restaurant. Price was a bit high, just under $20. My companions had the pasta and they looked good and they were large portions. Many couldn't finish so why don't they cut the size a bit and also the price as they were approx. $16. Overall I may try again to give them another chance but first experience was not good.
Food: spaghetti al ragu was a bit on the salty side for me. i had the linguine w/ italian sausage a few weeks ago and i enjoyed that much better. fettucine con polo had a nice balance b/w texture, taste, and temperature. my b/f was impressed by his first bite.
Service: our server this time was very casual and aloof. she was nice but nothing spectacular. our server last time was fantastic! he was so attentive in making suggestions, offering us a dessert not even on the menu, coming by to check up on us, etc. it was night and day.
Value: fairly large portions. for a few dollars more i'd rather come here for pasta then have pasta at earls, cactus, or milestones.
Ambiance: very comfortable setting. enjoyed our window seats overlooking robson. by boyfriend liked the display of wines along the wall. date appropriate. on both recent visits they didnt rush us at all. we were able to have nice, long, intimate dinners.
Overall: def worth putting into the rotation. i wouldnt mind trying their non pasta entree dishes next time. if you've got your entertainment card, dont forget to bring it to save up to $19!!
I came here to accompany my gf's friend's birthday dinner. A somewhat last minute plan we split the Ribeye with Gorgonzola. The steak was grilled underdone to our request however most restaurants I've found tend to do the same. Still, an excellent cut with great char flavours and tenderness. Our side which looked like cubes of potatoes smothered in a gorgonzola sauce ended up being cubed polenta, lightly browned. An unusual and unexpected surprise. It was good, but it was heavy on the savoury scale. Portion size was above generous. A friend who also came alongside their gf liked their Spaghetti al Ragu with the simmered meat sauce with fresh herbs.
Service was good, without the reminders that I was dining on Robson St.
Warm, inviting space, fairly devoid of any instances of looking or feeling hip. Viable place for a date with the ambience and mood.
A good find for pasta on the strip.
The pastas are served in quite reasonable portions. The prices are surprisingly good for the location especially when you want to let your wallet take a break from the hits received from the great restaurant next door, CinCin's.
The pastas are made nicely al dente. The sauces are flavourful. The margherita pizza appetizer seems lacking in something. But even so, portion-wise, it might as well have been a full entree order!
The tiramisu dessert is a little too sugary while the layers of mascarpone is a little thin (equally as thin/thick as the brown sugary layer(s)) as well as too thin sponge layer. Not a tasty balance at all. Size-wise, it is a generously large square more than adequate for sharing between two.
As the evening wore on, the room filled up, and got much more livelier. For the early diner, it can be romantic, but later, it becomes more of a classy family restaurant because of the noise level and the crowd.
All in all, a positive experience so I will be back to try their osso buco, which I would have opted for over one of our pastas, but our server neglected to mention ANY of their daily specials and since it wasn't on the menu, I was not aware that they offered it even. Nearing the end of our meal, I heard another server listing that off to the newly seated table next to us. Other than that, our server was quite friendly & it's a very casual unpretentious atmosphere.
I really like this place, and I have recommended it to friends, but the veal special the other day was too tough to call veal. There comes a point in the life of a calf when it isn't "veal" any more. The special was called veal parmesan. It was breaded and tenderized, but not enough, There were two of us, and we both had great difficulty even cutting this dish. Steak knives would have helped, but not with the chewing. The sauce was delicious, the service was very good, but the meal was not acceptable. I say either buy real veal and charge a little more or drop this shoe leather from the menu.
We came in for a birthday celebration on Thursday and the place was packed. Our reservation was for 7 pm but when we arrived at around ~6.30ish there was hardly any room to move around. Once we got to our seats, everything went by smoothly. The atmosphere is very warm, calm and welcoming, and the staff is precise and attentive. Our tortellini gorgonzola was delicious, as were the rest of the dishes. Coming here at first might not be very appetizing, small stairs going up to the second floor but once you get inside and try the food is it definitely worth it. Plus, the view you get from Robson is unparalleled.
Seems pricey, but very filling! I didn't try the pastas but the plates looked huge.
Food: chicken dishes are very tasty. I really liked the grilled chicken...nice and juicy and not soaked in sauces. Appetizers are on the expensive side.
Service: server was very nice, but didn't come around that often.
Ambiance: Clean and pleasant.
May come back for the pastas, but I'm not in a huge rush to go back since there's so many Italian restaurants along Robson St.
This place has been on Robson for a long time but yet I never seemed to know what this restaurant was all about until yesterday. Located above the Robson street Cactuc Club is Zefferellis. Overrated joint with average food. Service was decent but I guess Cactus Club attracts more business than this place.
My co-workers decided to meet up for dinner downtown (on Robson Street no less) and picked Zefferelli's for dinner. I hate going anywhere near Robson as it is so hard to finding parking. Needless to say, I was 20 minutes late due to the parking issue.
As my co-workers had over 20 minutes to mull over the menu, they already knew what to have. I scanned the menu and decided on the stuffed portobello mushrooms with cheese as an appetizer and the rib eye steak for dinner. My other 3 co-workers all decided on pasta.
Presentation was nice for both my dishes. Food was decent, but was not remarkable. My portobello mushrooms were nice (although the cheese was a bit strong ... what kind of cheese was it ?) ... and the rib eye steak tasted like a piece of unseasoned steak. The only flavor that I got was from the balsamic vinegar and oil dressing that they drizzled around the plate and the natural juices from the meat. I like my meat seasoned, so the steak wasn't anything remarkable either. My meal wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything that I would rave about to others.
Lack of parking would prohibit me from making dinner plans again at this restaurant. And even if I were on Robson, there are other restaurants that I would probably try out first.
This place looks nice enough, being located in the heart of Robsonstrasse, but looks is all this place has going for it. The pasta was very unremarkable, although the service was friendly and courteous enough. The permium prices certainly do not reflect the quality of the food, but more the cost of the rent. I disagree with the previous critique. This place has nothing on Anton's. Save you money and fill two bellies for the price of one at Anton's. You aren't missing anything here...
Here's a restaurant we would not return to, or recommend. It was great a few years back, returned thinking we'd experience the same.... not. I mean really who makes pasta with 2/3 cream, 1/13 pasta, and a dab of seasoning? if you worked out all week the pasta dishes will surely kill all your progress. Bring alka-selzer for later on.
This is a wonderful little Italian spot right downtown. Standard American Italian food, very good and competent. The atmosphere is wonderful, a very romantic spot. Service is very good. And yes, they do an exceptional Tiramisu.
4/5 of us complained about our food, either too dry or too spicy. I think the meatball I ordered was eating my teeth. Our server could only apologize to us and bring us some tomato sauce to soften the dry pastas.
The Wine list is full of trivial wines that you wont even bother glancing in liquor store. Since the menu is exclusively Italian food, why the hell even bother putting crappy Australian Shiraz to fill the wine list? They should focus more on Italian wines, like non-crap Chianti, sone supertuscan, nebbiolo, or even French/German wines. I saw some decent Malbec (El Felino) on the wall shelves but it wasn't even on the wine list. WTF ???
Finally, there is a salad bar in the middle of the room which I thought was buffet, but apparently that's where the waiters get your appetizers. Tells you something about the freshness.
I was on menupalace.com and found they had a 25% off coupon for lunch or dinner and decided to have lunch with a few friends. Came here twice and both times the service was decent. I would have expected better service considering there are so many larger chain restaurants on Robson Street and the fact that this place is on the second floor may not appeal to many street-walkers.
Although service is lacking, the food is incredibly good!
Even without the 25% coupon, the prices are decent. Pastas range around $14-18 and they have smaller portions for all dishes at 11.50. We shared a salad, it was a decent size to share with 3 people.
Will return again to try out their dinner and dessert options.
Just back from a delightful luncheon with a friend I don't see often enough. We had much to chat about which the waitress realized and so gave us ample space. When we were ready to order she was over in a flash. Haven't been to this spot in years and I don't know why. It's a super place for a low key no rush lunch and it was like stepping back in time in a good way. Nothing has changed... the narrow stair up to restaurant, the plates on the walls, the lot. I shall endeavour to dine here more often as I used to. Choices are all very reasonable and the food it GOOD. Cheers!
I never eat pasta, but truly love it. This restaurant makes the best spaghetti ever!!!!!! I had enough to have it the next day, and cant give it a high enough rating,. I had a lovely seat at the window, a great glass of wine, and enjoyed it immensely. Only thing is, my son is in a wheelchair, and I wish I could share this great place with him
Zefferelli's is adding an automatic 17% tip to all bills irrespective of the service quality. The manager told us this is just for the Olympics so it obviously is just a money grab..
In addition, they are leaving a spot on the credit/debit card bill for an additional tip and many International visitors who do not have a good grasp of the english language may inadvertantly add another tip.
While this restaurant has reasonable food and service it is not good enough to warrant acceptance of this kind of treatment of our international guests
Had dinner with friends here last night and really enjoyed the food and service. We had the featured seafood lasagne which was quite tasty and good size portion. The Spaghetti con Vongole was our favourite, all agreed it had the best sauce, white wine with olive oil. Best part was the value for your money, we used our Entertainment cards and received 4 dinner entrees for $36! Will return again!
Never go to Zefferelli's. Upon arrival, I was pleased with the ambiance; they have what looks like a lovely antipasti bar and a calm, unpretentious look. We were told that there would be 30 minute wait (Thursday night on Robson at 8 PM) and chose to seat ourselves in the two small tables adjacent to the kitchen. Our server came after a few minutes and prompted us to order, explaining that even if a table opened after our having had appetizers, we would not be moved. We ordered wine (the Pinot Noir by the glass, which was weak and lacked body) and asked for more time. He returned, dropping the wine at the table and walking off. I grabbed him to ask questions regarding the menu, which he answered. He didn't tell us the specials. I ordered a caesar salad and my partner ordered the Antipasto Misto. My salad was mediocre but edible, the antipasto was lackluster and the mussels conatined within were extremely fishy, to the point that my partner, a Chef like myself, felt as if he might be sick later on. We received our entrees about 20 minutes later, and as I pushed my 3/4 full salad plate (I'm a very slow eater) to the center of the table to make room, our waiter whisked it away. Our entrees were horrendous. Mine, the tortellini with bleu cheese and bacon dressing, tasted exactly like my companion's, the duck sausage linguine. Both tasted exactly like bland perogies-saltless, flavorless, and starchy. The linguine was an egg noodle from a box. It was incredibly disappointing. After waiting for 15 minutes plus with our napkins on the table, our waiter came back. I told him both entrees were not good, and explained why, asking for the bill. He said "oh," and walked away. Another 15 min later I stopped the manager and explained to him the situation, asking again for the bill. His response was that he "had been told already" and that he'd get the bill. We paid for our salad, antipasto, and wine and left.
Never go to Zefferelli's.